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Cerddorion's Seventh Annual Emerging Composers Competition
As you know, nurturing choral music as a living, evolving art is central to Cerddorion’s mission. Since our launch in 1995, we have commissioned more than two dozen works by living composers, including Lisa Bielawa, David Lang, Elliot Z. Levine, Paul Moravec, David Schober and David Stern.
To foster the continued creation and performance of new choral works, in 2012 we launched our annual Emerging Composers Competition. The contest invites composers in the early stages of their careers to submit unpublished, unperformed works for mixed chorus a cappella. The competition awards a $300 cash prize, archival live recording and premiere concert performances by Cerddorion, this year, on May 31 in Brooklyn and on June 2 in Manhattan.
Joining Artistic Director James John as competition judges this year are Sidney Boquiren, composer and Chair of the Music Department of Adelphi University; and New York composer Susan Kander.
The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2019, and the winner will be notified by April 1, 2019. For details, visit cerddorion.org/emerging-composers-competition/.
Posted 1/15/2019. Expires 3/1/2019.
Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony intensive June 10-14
Through the Eastman School of Music, I, Michael Anderson, am offering a one-week intensive course this summer on singing Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony this summer in New York City. It is designed for talented singers with interest in early music looking to advance their own knowledge. College credit and teaching development hours can also be earned through the institute. The workshop takes place June 10-14 at the Church of Notre Dame near Columbia University. For details, visit summer.esm.rochester.edu/course/singing-gregorian-chant-and-renaissance-polyphony-new-york-city/.
Posted 1/15/2019. Expires 6/10/2019.
Sing and learn while working--Berkshire Choral apprentice program
Berkshire Choral International offers a competitive apprentice program for professional-track undergraduate and graduate students. It’s an opportunity for singers, accompanists and choral conductors (all must sing) to intensively study and rehearse major orchestral works with eminent conductors.
- Five hours of choral rehearsals each day
- Classes taught by our professional music staff
- Private lessons and coaching
- Master classes
- Group recital
- Participation in Saturday night concert
As an apprentice, you’ll receive room and board, a travel stipend and all the vocal scores. In return, you’ll be required to assist in various ways, including facilitating rehearsals and assisting staff on registration days.
Application deadline: February 15, 2019. Please submit the following: cover letter indicating the venue for which you are applying (you may apply for more than one venue); resume that includes date of birth, musical and educational accomplishments, information about general interests, and computer competency level; letter of recommendation from a teacher or coach; MP3 file or CD of three contrasting art songs or arias, sung in two languages; conductors and accompanists must also submit visual and aural representations of their work.
For more information and how to apply, visit www.berkshirechoral.org/sing-with-us/apprentice-program/.
Posted 1/11/2019. Expires 2/15/2019.
Sing with the New Jersey Symphony on February 2
Chorus singers wanted for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra February 2, 2019 concert at NJPAC featuring Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, "Gypsy Chorus" from Verdi’s Il Trovatore, "Humming Chorus" from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and three Chinese songs. Singing with Peking University Alumni Chorus and the New York Festival Singers.
Audition will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from12:00 to 2:00PM at Pearl Studios NYC, 500 8th Avenue (between 35th and 36th Streets), Studio 308, New York, NY. There will be two rehearsals in Manhattan, one orchestral rehearsal (1/30) at NJPAC before February 2 concert. We provide bus from Manhattan to NJPAC. Please call Scott at 917-578-1946.
Posted 1/10/2019. Expires 1/19/2019.
New edition of Berlioz Requiem available
Anyone who has been involved in or contemplating performances of the Grande Messe des Morts by Hector Berlioz, is likely aware that the vocal score does not contain an alto part, as was common practice in early 19th century French choral music. There is now an edition that includes an alto line, drawn from the second soprano and first tenor lines, that solves the complicated problem of providing directions for the chorus altos for performances. This edition has been used in recent performances by the San Francisco, Seattle and Virginia Symphonies, among others, and is now being made available in PDF form, gratis, by editor Adrian G. Horn. He adds that the work has been a labor of love for him, and that he would rather give it away than see it underutilized. To receive a PDF of the score, e-mail Adrian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted 1/9/2019. Expires 3/9/2019.
NJ Choral Consortium annual meeting January 26
All are invited to the NJ Choral Consortium annual meeting and panel discussion: "Succession Planning to Keep Your Chorus Humming." Your chorus is in good shape so you don’t need succession planning, right? Wrong! A healthy organization should plan ahead so a surprise won’t turn into a crisis. If your director lands in the hospital, your founder retires, or your president moves out of state, your chorus can still survive and thrive. Panelists from Consortium member choruses will share their experiences and ways to cope when the unexpected happens. Optional demo of Chorus Connection chorus management software after the panel.
SCHEDULE: Saturday, January 26, 2019
11:00 - 12:00 Annual meeting and refreshments
12:00 - 1:30 Panel on succession planning
1:30 - 3:00 Chorus Connection demo
Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 South 2nd Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904 (rear entrance off Magnolia Street). Light refreshments will be provided. Bring lunch if you wish. Free of charge and open to all. No pre-registration needed.
Posted 1/9/2019. Expires 1/26/2019.
Improve your vocal production with Alexander Technique
Lessons with Elizabeth Hurwitt will help you improve your vocal production and breathing, along with your postural support and ease of movement. Alexander Technique has been helping vocal professionals and amateurs for over 125 years to provide singers and speakers with the freedom to communicate more freely and effectively. Elizabeth's teaching is certified by the American Society of Alexander Teachers (AmSAT) whose members go through 3 years of training and meet the highest international standards. Fees are affordable and negotiable. Contact email@example.com or visit www.betteratbeing.com.
Posted 1/2/2019. Expires 3/2/2019.
Complete Vocal Technique workshops on January 27
Complete Vocal Technique is a teaching method based on cutting-edge research applicable to singers across all genres. CVT has quickly become the most well-known contemporary vocal method in Europe for its effectiveness, simplicity and quick results. Explore the wide range of vocal expression in two special workshops on January 27:
Introduction to CVT 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
In this active workshop, we will explore CVT with simple explanations, live demonstrations and exercises. All participants are invited to sing and learn the four levels of vocal technique in a constructive non-judgmental environment: The three overall principles, the four vocal modes, choosing a sound color, adding vocal effects.
Fundamentals of Singing 2:00-5:00 PM
Widen your range, strengthen your voice, keep your notes stable and in tune. Learn the fundamental technique for vocal health and better control over your voice. These fundamental tools are essential to all voice users whether they are beginners or professional singers, actors, teachers and public speakers.
In this workshop, we will go over the voice mechanism and learn many useful tools for breath management, shaping the mouth and the vowels, controlling the volume and projection: all practical tools to help you sing whatever you wish. At the end of the workshop, there will be a semi-masterclass with two active singers working on their own vocal aspirations with Stav in front of the class. If you wish to be an active singer, please purchase a suitable ticket. For more information, visit cvt-january-workshops.eventbrite.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted 1/2/2019. Expires 1/27/2019.
Everybody Can Sing workshops with Elisssa Weiss
The next Everybody Can Sing ® workshop begins on Tuesday, January 15. My workshop is for adults who think they can't sing, who are afraid to sing or who want to sing again. The students I teach -- lawyers, social workers, architects, psychotherapists, computer programmers, secretaries, nurses, librarians and playwrights -- have learned to sing, alone or in groups.
Everybody Can Sing ® beginners' workshop: 6 Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 PM -- January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19. Price: $195. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue. Visit www.92y.org/class/everybody-can-sing.aspx for more information and to register.
For students who have taken the Everybody Can Sing ® beginners' workshop or its equivalent, I am offering a follow-up class.
Everybody Can Sing ® Part 2: 4 Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 PM -- February 26, March 5, 12, 19. Price: $130. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue. Visit www.92y.org/class/everybody-can-sing-workshop-ii.aspx for more information and to register.
Private singing lessons are also available. I have gift certificates if you would like to give someone a gift of singing lessons. For more information about me and my work, look at my web site at everybodycansing.com or my Facebook page.
Posted 12/31/2018. Expires 1/31/2019.
Russian Church seeks lead soprano and low bass
We've got job openings for a lead soprano and low bass for a small, mixed a cappella choir at a Russian Church on the Upper East Side. The choir sings on Sunday mornings (9:30 AM-12:30 PM) as well as other ad hoc services throughout the year (a schedule of these services is provided in advance for the year). The applicant must possess excellent musicianship and sight-reading skills since we don't have many rehearsals; it is imperative that the candidate is able to read Russian. Compensation is $75/service. Interested applicants should contact Irene Gan at email@example.com.
Posted 12/26/2018. Expires 2/26/2019.
Sing with the 2019 NY Single Singers
Mark your calendars for a cappella festival, SingStrong NY! February 8-10, 2019 at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.
Want to sing with The Single Singers? Here's how:
- Sign up at newyork.singstrong.org/singlesingers-new-york.html (even if you've sung with us before).
- Purchase your Full Weekend Pass or ClassPass at newyork.singstrong.org/tickets.html.
- Practice the music on your own (see our set list below and sign up to get your music and part assignment).
- Socialize in our Facebook group at singstrong.us17.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e2fd4b4922a77a924275eed33&id=6eaa80c990&e=e8d55d7b53.
- Rehearse together at SingStrong (check out our schedule below).
Friday, February 9
2:00-4:00 PM Meet-and-Greet Lunch (optional)
5:00-6:30 PM Rehearsal (mandatory)
Saturday, February 10
10:15 AM SOUND CHECK (mandatory)
1:00-3:00 PM Rehearsal (mandatory)
3:30 PM-ish Performance on the MAIN STAGE at the Saturday Matinee High School Competition
4:00 PM Bask in the glory of our awesomeness
- Perform on the SingStrong Mainstage with full sound and light!
- You Will Be Found -- from Dear Evan Hansen, at youtu.be/mSfH2AuhXfw
- Rise -- Jonas Blue, at youtu.be/btrzs54s1Rc
- Say Something -- Justin Timberlake, at youtu.be/8MPbR6Cbwi4
- This Is Me -- The Greatest Showman, at youtu.be/wEJd2RyGm8Q
Posted 12/19/2018. Expires 2/10/2019.
New pro a cappella group seeks founding members
Opportunity to become a founding member of a NYC a cappella group! Brand new young professional a cappella group seeks basses, tenors and altos. The group will focus on a variety of repertoire including pop/radio hits, classics and barbershop. Rehearsals are once a week with gigs continuously throughout the year. If interested please e-mail a brief video audition (verse and chorus) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Basic sight reading skills required.
Posted 12/17/2018. Expires 2/17/2019.
Sing in Sicily with Umbrian Serenades
Umbrian Serenades offers a singing opportunity for the culturally inclined, discerning choral singers and their travel companions who enjoy travel, performing and life-transforming cultural experiences, in addition to savoring local foods and wines.
Umbrian Serenades is recruiting choral singers of all levels for its 12-day summer choral and cultural program, which will take place in the Sicilian baroque town of Noto, from June 23 to July 4, 2019. David Hayes (Curtis, Mannes and New York Choral Society) returns as guest conductor for a fourth summer, conducting the ensemble of participants with concerts in Noto, Siracusa and Ragusa. Cultural events include tours with local licensed guides at the Siracusa archeological park and the island of Ortigia Center, the town of Modica and a visit, tour and wine tasting lunch at a historic winery on the slopes of Mount Etna, in addition to other optional day trips. Umbrian Serenades has joined forces with Sicily travel specialist Karen La Rosa to create a fantastic, 4-star program, with hotel swimming pool and crystal clear water beaches nearby.
Contact Paulo Faustini at email@example.com or visit www.umbrianserenades.com. See the YouTube video about the program at youtu.be/p9hrs4s7jraa.
Posted 12/10/2018. Expires 4/10/2019.
Troupers Light Opera seeks tenor lead for Ruddigore
Troupers Light Opera seeks a tenor lead to play Richard Dauntless in our production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore. Rehearsals begin in January and the four performances are April 6 and 13 at 2:30 and 7:30 at Norwalk (CT) Concert Hall. We perform with a full 23-piece orchestra, sets and costumes. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. This is a great role with several songs, and he (almost) gets the girl in the end. Our website is trouperslightopera.org.
Posted 11/30/2018. Expires 1/30/2019.
Gregorian Chant workshops at St. John's in the Village
The New York Gregorian Chant Project presents "Gregorian Chant – A Treasure for All People" -- free-admission, lively and engaging workshops for singers, choir leaders and all lovers of this ancient and deeply spiritual music. With 100 minutes of singing Gregorian chants that give rise to lessons on singing with style and grace, conducting techniques, reading chant notation, solving Latin challenges, and the history behind the chant, followed by questions and answers over a glass of wine in the garden courtyard of St. John’s in the Village. Given by Lawrence Harris.
- Monday, December 3, 7:30 PM: The Most Beautiful Chants of Christmas
Join Lawrence Harris at St. John’s In the Village for an evening of singing the most beautiful chants of Christmas including Hodie Christus natus est, hymns from the Liturgy of the Hours, and selections from the Christmas masses. !
Posted 11/20/2018. Expires 1/20/2019.
New SATB score "We Will Praise His Name" by Chris Chalfant and J.S. Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Prelude No. 22 in B-flat minor has some similar qualities and contrapuntal exchange as his "Kyrie Eleison" from the B Minor Mass. We Will Praise His Name is an attempt to capture this quality in a new choral score of the WTC Book I B-flat minor prelude. The score is now available for choir directors directly from the composer. Please contact Chris Chalfant at Resonanceoflifearts@gmail.com, Facebook Chris Chalfant Music and Art or call 212-961-7839 if you would be interested in conducting this composition with your choir for its premier performance.
Posted 11/19/2018. Expires 1/19/2019.
Ardsley church seeks pro alto and bass/baritone
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley, New York is looking for a pro alto and a pro bass/baritone for a small choir in a very friendly Episcopal church, starting January 13, 2019. One Sunday rehearsal and service at 8:45 and 10:00 AM, respectively, plus additional services at Christmas and Holy Week/Easter. We seek someone who has strong sight reading and vocal skills, is responsible in learning parts and attendance, and has a voice that blends well. Ardsley is 20 miles from Manhattan, an easy drive or trip on Metro-North, although own transport is preferred. Compensation is $100/week, which includes rehearsal and service. (Special services extra.) Contact Larry Wolf, Minister of Music, at email@example.com or 914-450-8467.
Posted 11/17/2018. Expires 1/17/2019.
Berkshire Choral International 2019 season
Sing to the World with Berkshire Choral International!
- Sonoma, CA, June 9-16
Craig Hella Johnson: Considering Matthew Shepard
Gary Thor Wedow, conductor
Sonoma State University | Weill Hall
- Boston, MA, June 23-30
Felix Mendelssohn: Elijah
Erin Freeman, conductor
Tufts University, Medford | Boston Symphony Hall
- Richmond, VA, July 7-14
Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna
Benjamin Britten: Saint Nicolas
Tom Hall, conductor
University of Richmond | Carpenter Theater
Prague, Czech Republic, August 4-11
Antonín Dvořák: Stabat Mater
Heinz Ferlesch, conductor
Hotel International | Žofín Palace
Posted 11/12/2018. Expires 5/12/2019.
Western Wind one-day workshop January 19
Sign up for The Western Wind's Big Apple One-Day Workshop on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Goddard Riverside Community Center, 647 Columbus Avenue (at 92nd Street), NYC. Featuring medieval, Renaissance, early American, contemporary, pop, jazz. Tuition: $95 (if enrolled by January 5; $120 after January 5); 10% discount for first-time participants. Workshop veterans, bring a friend and share the discount! For info, visit www.westernwind.org.
Posted 10/26/2018. Expires 1/19/2019.
Friends of Sacred Music: A Choir Pilgrimage to Rome, Vatican City and Amalfi Coast
Join the Choirs of Immaculate Conception Parish, Tuckahoe, NY, and St. Joseph’s Church, Somers NY, to sing Holy Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican for the Solemn Vigil and Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, on a ten day trip to Rome, Capri and the Amalfi Coast, June 26-July 5, 2019. Highlights include concerts in Rome, Papal Mass, special private masses, a Master Class and Concertina at Saint Ignatius Church in Rome, sightseeing, five star hotels, airfare and transfers. Pilgrimage directed by the Reverend Dr. Anthony D. Sorgie, Pastor, Immaculate Conception Church, Tuckahoe, and Mr. Joseph J. Nigro, Director of Sacred Music, Saint Joseph’s Church, Somers. All choristers, families, friends, pilgrims and guests are invited. A detailed brochure is available at www.petersway.com or www.stjosephsomers.com. For more information e-mail SJCSMusic95@gmail.com.
Posted 10/12/2018. Expires 2/12/2019.
Join Harold Rosenbaum's choir tour to Ireland in June
Please join me for my 30th European Choir Tour, this time to the wonderful land of Ireland. Dates: June 23-July 1, 2019. We will perform Fauré’s Requiem in two performances (plus movements from it during a Sunday morning mass) and Irish folk songs. Singers as well as non-singers are welcome. Rehearsals will be held during the week right before we leave. More detailed information about that, plus obtaining the music at a small cost, will be given after you sign up. I have been working diligently with Michael Gray of Music Travel Consultants on all aspects of this venture: the best places to visit, ideal performing venues, wonderful hotels, etc. He has gotten a great airfare. For details on how to secure your spot on the tour, please visit www.haroldrosenbaum.com/_art/IrelandInclusions.pdf.
Posted 10/12/2018. Expires 2/12/2019.
Libero Canto workshop in February
Deborah Carmichael and Kinga Cserjési offer a three-day workshop that includes individual singing lessons, musical work, and sessions in listening to historical and contemporary vocal recordings. The workshop is designed to give professional and amateur choral singers a thorough introduction to the Libero Canto approach. The workshop will be held February 15-17, 2019 at a Manhattan location to be determined. Cost: $200. Repertoire: Early Italian arias and ensemble pieces.
Libero Canto is a way of teaching singing that leads to freedom of vocal expression. It is not a method or specialized technique, but rather a path, a process, and an attitude toward singing and music making. A central idea of Libero Canto is that the release of excess physical tension and force allows the body to respond freely to the singer’s musical feeling and imagination, thereby giving singing the spontaneity and vitality of true expression. The name Libero Canto comes from “la via al libero canto,” the path to free singing. This approach was originated by Lajos Szamosi in Budapest before the Second World War. For more information, please visit www.liberocanto.org.
To apply, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be asked to write a short statement about your musical background and why you are interested in the workshop. You will also be asked to provide a recording. We can accept up to 8 singers. All voice types welcome! Applications for the February workshop will be accepted until January 15.
Friday, February 15
2:30-6:00 Introduction to the approach and listening session.
Saturday, February 16
10:00-1:00 Individual lessons (45 minutes). Auditing is encouraged.
2:30-6:30 Musical work and listening session. All present.
Sunday, February 17
12:00-3:00 Individual lessons (45 minutes). Auditing is encouraged.
4:30-7:30 Musical work and final circle.
Posted 9/28/2018. Expires 1/31/2019.
Announcing The New York Gregorian Chant Project
The New York Gregorian Chant Project offers the following:
- Workshops for Singers and Choir Leaders
A series of lively and engaging Monday-evening sessions for singers and choir leaders, taking place monthly at St. John’s in the Village (11 Street near 7th Avenue, Manhattan). Free admission. First workshop: Monday, September 24, 7:30 PM.
- Gregorian Chant Concert Choir
We are gradually building a 30-voice choir to bring the repertoire of Gregorian Chant to life at the highest possible level of excellence. We invite you to participate! The choir will enable people throughout the general public to experience this ancient and deeply spiritual music through concerts, recordings and special events. The choir will sing an extensive and varied Gregorian chant repertoire, plus occasional mixed-voice (SATB) compositions related to the chant. Open to experienced singers with music-reading skills; possibility of joining the specialist schola (mini-choir). Flexible rehearsal options; does not conflict with Sunday morning activities. We will teach you how to read the chant notation, how to pronounce the Latin texts, and the stylistic nuances of this sublime medieval repertoire. Open to people of all backgrounds, based solely on your musical ability and your willingness to follow direction regarding the interpretation of the music. It is not necessary to submit a CV.
- Concerts and Public Events
Concerts/recitals of Gregorian chant and related choral music, taking place at St. John’s in the Village (Manhattan) and elsewhere. "Chant Fest" Gregorian Chant Sing-Alongs for the general public and singers who might not be available to participate in the concert choir. Recordings for broadcast, internet and compact disc.
- Friends of the New York Gregorian Chant Project
You could do us a great favour by helping us reach out to people who might like to know about the various aspects of the New York Gregorian Chant Project. Please consider forwarding our invitations and announcements to your network of colleagues and friends. If you might be able to help us in other ways with publicity or other support, or if you have questions, please be in touch with us at ChantProject@stjvny.org.
Posted 9/20/2018. Expires 1/20/2019.